Friday, July 20, 2012

The tragedy in Colorado and the blame game

By now, unless you've been living in a van down by the river, you've heard about the tragedy that took place last night in Denver, Colorado. A young man, for reasons yet to be revealed, walked into a movie theater during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises and opened fire. At least twelve people lost their lives and over fifty were wounded. It is without a doubt, an unspeakable tragedy and I can only hope that the wounded recover, and the dead and their loved ones find peace. As for the suspected killer, we can only hope for justice to prevail.

Aside from that, I really hope that the media and people in certain areas of the political spectrum do not try and use this tragedy for their own ends. Too often, the media, politicians, and "experts" try to use these events to play the blame game. In the aftermath of the Columbine Massacre, video games (Doom, specifically), rock music (Marilyn Manson), amongst other things, were blamed for that tragedy. Unfortunately, we Americans don't like the kind of introspection and examination needed, and it's easier for us to just play the blame game than lay responsibility at the proper doorstep. Unfortunately, my hope is a forlorn one, as it's already begun.

*sigh* Easier to blame, than to examine.

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